Press Start’s GOTY 2018 – #3 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. has always been the consummate beat ’em up and the fulfiller of fanboyish dreams to pit all of Nintendo’s great franchise against one another on the field of battle. It’s always been the only game that could answer the question of whether Link could best Mario, and whether Donkey Kong could topple Bowser in a battle of titans. With its unmatched roster and plethora of innovations on past iterations, Ultimate is certainly the best the series has ever been.

What helps is being able to take Ultimate on the road thanks to the sublime Nintendo Switch tech, which has taken handheld gaming from being a sidekick to the main event to being a genuine, hardcore outlet for gamers everywhere. Ultimate’s snack-like portions fit the console perfectly as no matter what you do, the activities are bite-sized.

In his review, Shannon said: “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is ultimate in every sense of the word. World of Light is fantastic, Challenge Mode is satisfying and there’s so much love and detail in absolutely everything in the game. Whilst having 60+ characters and 100+ stages sounds overwhelming, it’s the perfect celebration of everything Nintendo and will be hard to top going forward.”

Shannon gave Super Smash. Bros Ultimate a perfect score of 10, much in line with the game’s superb Metacritic rating of 93.

Matt chose Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in his top ten and said: “Not often do you get a game series that is so dedicated to fanservice as much as the Super Smash Bros series. An amazing and well-rounded experience made better by the portability of the Nintendo Switch, Super Smash Bros Ultimate takes the history of the brawling fighter and treats it with the utmost respect, crafting an experience that is thorough, balanced (for the most part) and extremely enjoyable. While many may pine for their individual favourite characters to be included, and some may question the abundance of characters from certain franchises (yes, we know you’re over the Fire Emblem representation), this is Smash Bros at its best. The inclusion of the World of Light is a wonderful adventure mode inclusion, and everything else that you’ve come to love is included as well. And while we still hold out hope for Waluigi to make his way from assist trophy to fighter, we can’t always get what we want.”

Shannon chose Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in his top ten and said: It’s crazy to think that just six months ago we thought that Smash for Switch would be a port. What we got was hands down the best iteration of the game to date. There’s something for everyone with more characters than we ever could have dreamed of ten years ago.”

Well done to Nintendo and the many collaborators who put so much work into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, our third best game of 2018.

Current Top 10: 
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
4. Red Dead Redemption 2
5. Fortnite
6. Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee
7. Dead Cells
8. A Way Out
9. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
10. Florence